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Fashion on Film: The True Cost

Women working in a clothing factory


Watch the groundbreaking documentary The True Cost, and then join Gabrielle Clary and Joelle Firzli from the DC Sustainable Fashion Collective for a discussion of what sustainability in fashion means, and what solutions are out there.

About the Film

Many of us are trying to be thoughtful about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the fashion industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the fashion industry and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? (Bullfrog Films, 2015, 92 minutes.)

About the Presenters

Gabrielle Clary is a budding fashion sustainability entrepreneur receiving her master’s degree in Sustainability Management from American University. Clary's commitment to sustainability began during a research trip to Denmark where she studied the development of the 100% renewable energy Island Samsø. Ever since, Clary has focused on the fashion industry’s growing awareness for sustainability.

Joelle Firzli is an independent fashion researcher, writer, speaker, critic, and stylist with a global outlook on fashion. Her research focuses on sustainable fashion and non-Western textiles. Firzli holds a master's in Fashion Studies from Parsons, and has been featured in publications such as the Business of Fashion, Huffington Post, New York Times, Marie Claire Arabia, Elle Vietnam, and more

How to Participate

To participate, simply sign up here, and then watch the film at your leisure before Thursday, November 19. The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime. We will email you a link and instructions for joining our group discussion on Zoom. 

About the Fashion on Film Series

Monthly discussions on documentary and feature films explore the world of fashion, design, sustainability, and global textile traditions. Browse upcoming programs